A big disappointing news coming for MI. The IPL has not begun yet and a disappointing news came for MI. The IPL is going to start from tomorrow but before that MI have to suffer from a major blowback. Their star bowler Lasith Malinga will not paly in first 6 matches of IPL! This is confirmed by Lasith malinga himself. He himself suggested Mumbai Indians to better replace him for the entire tournament as he would not be available for over one-third of the tournament.
He will not be a part of first 6 matches of IPL as he has to take participate in a forthcoming domestic tournament to qualify for world cup. Sri Lanka’s selectors have made it compulsory for the players to play in the forthcoming Super Provincial One Day domestic tournament to be considered for the World Cup. Lasith Malinga has ruled himself out of Mumbai Indians in order to qualify for the Sri Lanka World Cup squad.
Laith Malinga is the highest wicket taker in history of IPL. He has taken 154 wickets in IPL. His absence will be major blow back for MI. MI have bought him in Rs 2 crore. He is currently leading the Sri Lanklan team against South Africa in a T20 series. He has also been named captain of the Galle side in the Super Provincial Tournament. The tournament will run from April 4 to April 11 and Malinga would be available after that only.
If Malinga is picked in Sri Lanka’s World Cup squad – which is highly probable, because he has been Sri Lanka’s best ODI bowler over the past six months – he may also be required to attend training camps through May, when the later stages of the IPL are still ongoing. So, he has suggested MI to replace him as he will not be available for over one-third of tournament.
This is what lasith malinga said ESPNCricinfo
“I had asked the board for the No-Objection Certificate for me to play in the IPL, and they had said that was fine, but that all players who want to go to the World Cup would need to stay back for the provincial tournament, So I told them I’d play in the provincial tournament, and I asked the board to inform Mumbai Indians and IPL, since it was their decision. I’m ok with losing those earnings from IPL. I’m doing it for the country.”
He also clarified why he said MI to replace him. He said that “Once I become available for Mumbai Indians, I would have missed seven or eight games. So, there’s probably no point in them waiting around for me. Better for them to find someone else to replace me with.”